The report is cold. I hit the Texas City Dike around 9am this morning and found few fishermen braving the elements to give it a shot. I stopped by Boyd’s One Stop bait camp to visit with friends and not many folks were willing to sit out in the windy chilly weather to fish.
I rode to the end and did find some flounder fishermen with their rods out. I did not see one flounder landed while I made the drive. I hope things will pick up after this last blast of cool air passes. We’ll just have to wait and see. Last week was slow for flounder fishing and that kind of surprised me. But fishing does that. You just never know. When you think you have it figured out, you find out that you don’t. But that’s fishing.
Flounder are making their way to the Gulf of Mexico in big numbers. Friday was another good day of fishing with quite a few flounder landed up and down the Texas City Dike. I caught this 6.35 pound female from a small pier on the Dike.
A live shad was used for bait. Finger mullet and plastic lures continue to work well for landing these beauties.
It’s on! Today many flounder were landed up and down the rock line on the Texas City Dike. The two flounder per day limit continues until December 1, then it’s back to five per day. Some of the fish I saw were very nice in size. One fellow I know landed a 6.2 pounder and another caught one that weighed 6.6 pounds. Now those are some big flounder.
I caught a couple of nice ones yesterday, and followed with another two for today, but they were a little smaller. Live mullet, plastic tails, and even dead mullet were successful baits.
The fall/winter flounder run is on. There are quite a few flounder being taken from the rock line on the Texas City Dike. This morning, most everyone I talked with had their two flounder limit. I caught several, but kept only one. But she was a beauty and weighed right at five pounds. She ate a live finger mullet. A lot of folks were throwing plastic lures and doing pretty well.
The flounder run isn’t going strong, but some are showing up. Last year, it began earlier, but cold fronts have been non-existent and the water temperature is still warm. But it won’t be long.
The weather was very unstable today. It started out calm just before sunrise. But by early morning it was windy and rainy. A weak cool front was passing through.
I met my son-in-law on the Texas City Dike and we caught some finger mullet in the cast net. It wasn’t long before we were hooking up on some bull reds.
We caught and released seven and had a ball. Lots of gafftopsail catfish were still in the bay waters.
A few showers passed through the area this morning. It didn’t stop us from fishing. The Bull Reds are still in Galveston Bay. My friend Lou and I caught and released six today. Plenty of big Gafftopsail catfish were also landed. No flounder still, but cooler weather is needed to lower the water temperature. When that happens, the flounder will move. And as ex-con Martha Stewart says, “And that’s a good thing.”
Another beautiful day on the Texas City Dike. It was actually a little warm until the gulf breeze kicked in.
We caught several Bull Reds, and a lot of big Gafftopsail Catfish. The water was in good shape, but no flounder were caught where we were fishing. Won’t be long though.
Perfect weather, perfect water conditions, great fishing.
Caught a bunch of Bull Reds today. Pictures will tell the story.
They ate pretty much everything: shrimp, cut bait, live mullet. Huge gafftopsail were everywhere along with a slot red or two.
Just one of those days that everything comes together. Thanks be to the Lord for days like these.
Beautiful day on the bay shore. I fished the Texas City Dike and caught two nice flounder. I also caught and released two small redfish. I saw a few more flounder caught.
I helped a fisherman land his first ever bull redfish. His dip net was a little small and I worried that I was going to lose the red trying to net it. But all went well and he is a happy fisherman.